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The Year of the Hare (1977)

Jäniksen vuosi (original title)
Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his ... See full summary »

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Risto Jarva
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Antti Litja ... Kaarlo Vatanen
Kauko Helovirta Kauko Helovirta ... Desk Sergeant
Markku Huhtamo Markku Huhtamo ... Taxi Driver
Paavo Hukkinen Paavo Hukkinen ... Taxi Driver in Heinola
Juha Kandolin Juha Kandolin ... Photographer Miettinen
Kosti Klemelä Kosti Klemelä ... U. Kärkkäinen
Anna-Maija Kokkinen Anna-Maija Kokkinen ... Lawer Leila Heikkinen
Martti Kuningas Martti Kuningas ... Hannikainen, former rural police chief
Ahti Kuoppala Ahti Kuoppala ... Kaartinen
Hannele Lanu Hannele Lanu ... Kiosk Vendor
Hannu Lauri Hannu Lauri ... Advertising Manager Huhtinen
Heikki Nousiainen Heikki Nousiainen ... Tourist guide Toropainen, "Mr. Toro"
Esa Pakarinen Jr. Esa Pakarinen Jr. ... Police Officer #2
Martti Pennanen Martti Pennanen ... Hunter #1
Tuija Piepponen Tuija Piepponen ... Irja (scenes deleted)
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Storyline

Young advertising executive Vatanen suddenly quits his job and his whole life in Helsinki, and decides to spend a while in the Finnish wilderness. A wounded hare hit by a car becomes his travel companion. Together they find reclusion in the Finnish Lapland, soon to be disturbed by a noisy group of foreign tourists and their pretentious Finnish hosts. When the hare gets ill and needs to see a vet, Vatanen must return to the city and finally face the choice between his new and former life. Written by Markku Kuoppamäki

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

Finland

Language:

Finnish | English

Release Date:

23 December 1977 (Finland) See more »

Also Known As:

Harens år See more »

Filming Locations:

Helsinki, Finland See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

FIM1,830,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Filminor See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Fujicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Jussi Kylätasku did some uncredited "dialogue polish" on the script. See more »

Quotes

Kaarlo Vatanen: I am ex-deodorant agent, actually ex-advertising agent, and I have had enough of the great, great fucking world of yours.
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Connections

Version of Le lièvre de Vatanen (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Kauppaopiston naiset
Composed and Lyrics by Kari Peitsamo
Performed by Kari Peitsamo and Ankkuli
© Warner/Chappell Music Finland Oy
Love Records
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amazing film. an all-time favorite - looking for DVD
10 August 2005 | by rob-1129See all my reviews

A wonderful film in the best Scandinavian eldritch magic tradition, with very far sighted analysis of much of the big issues we are just starting to face.

Should be compulsory viewing for all politicians.

Take your pick from privacy, nuclear sustainability, global climate change, quality of life.

Reminiscent of Thoreaus' Walden, but with modern twist, and considerable humour.

I'm not Finnish, although I've travelled there and have good Finnish friends, but I found it totally accessible, and also culturally informative.


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